Web Designer, SmartyPig
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Jesse VanDerPol and I am Web Designer for SmartyPig. I like shiny new hardware, video games, beautiful design, and having a few too many toys on my desk to be taken seriously. My number one goal is to make things pleasing to the eye while keeping them easy to use. I am currently working on SmartyPig’s PhilanthroPig project, which is a payment engine & web app CMS for non-profits. I handle the web site design and front-end development.
What hardware are you using?
I am typing this at work on an 21” iMac (3GHz Core2Duo, 8GB RAM) connected to a 25” display. I also have a Quad-Core HP (3Ghz AMD X4, 6GB RAM) which I remote into for source control and testing.
I have a computer hoarding problem. Much to my wife’s dismay, I own a 15” MacBook Pro (2GHz CoreDuo, 2GB RAM) from 2006 & in need of replacement, a PowerMac G5 (2.5GHz Quadcore PowerPC, 4GB RAM) from 2005, a personally built game PC (3GHz AMD X4, 8GB RAM), 13” MacBook (2.2GHz Core2Duo, 2GB RAM) and two older AMD custom boxes. I no longer turn on the PowerBook or iBook that sit on a storage shelf.
I spend most of my computing time on one of the Macs, my iPhone4 or most recently the iPad2.
For virtual sketching I use my Intuos4 Medium or if traveling a Bamboo Pen&Touch.
For physical sketching and note taking I use a Uniball Vision .07mm, which are wonderful pens with great flow for an affordable price (and spin-able!). Moleskins are what I primarily do my chicken scratching on.
And what software?
As funny as this would sound to my past self, I primarily use Adobe CS5 Illustrator for web mockups. Adobe has made real strides in making Illustrator a solid web mockup tool. I fall back to Photoshop and more recently Pixelmator for the really detailed pixel pushing. While for sketching I use Autodesk SketchBook.
When it comes to front end development I am constantly bouncing around to different editors, most recently sticking with TextMate 2’s alpha release. If I had to say what I spend most of my time in, it is Coda or Espresso.
I use iA Writer for MarkDown creation, Chrome for browsing, Google for email/calendars/photos/documents, Transmit for FTP, Trillian for IM, Rdio for music and 1Password/Dropbox for keeping track of the important stuff.
My web servers are LAMP stacks on Amazon or Rackspace.
What would be your dream setup?
I am dreaming the new 15” MacBook Pro will be in the MacBook Air form. I would output the video onto two 27” Thunderbolt displays. Panic would release Coda2.